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Calcite Mine Trail is a 6.0 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Borrego Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and scenic driving. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.0 km Elevation Gain: 206 m Route Type: Out & Back

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Calcite Mine is just under 4 miles long and located near Borrego Springs, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-3 hours. You start off on the rough jeep trail down to a wash where you have the option to traverse through a slot canyon. Once to the mine area, you can explore various rock formations and hike up to the tiptop for a fantastic view of the Salton Sea and the surrounding badlands. On the way back, start out on the jeep track again and then venture the other way down the narrow canyon to meet back up with the original trail. The route is also open to vehicles. OHV’s are not allowed in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, all vehicles must be highway legal.

hiking
2 months ago

4.2 mile hike

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Hike the road and the slot canyons up and back

hiking
2 months ago

This is a just a fire road through the dusty badlands that takes you to a calcite "mining area." Sharing the fire road with off road vehicles was unpleasant. There is no tunnel or mine in the traditional sense. There's very little to see. However, about 2/3 up the fire road is a secret slot canyon that is unmarked. Hiking though here is absolutely mind blowing. Highly recommend doing the slot canyon and not bothering with completing the fire road unless you really want to see calcite veins in the sedimentary rock.

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

We drove our Jeep down to the bottom of the Palm Wash road and started our hike from there. We went thru the stunning slot canyon that is east of the Calcite Mine road. We crossed the road and did the slot canyon west of the Calcite road. We then came back to the road and climbed to the top of the Calcite mine area where the rock formations and vast view were amazing. The slot canyons require a bit of bouldering and we got stopped by boulders that were too high to scale without ropes but it was otherwise an easy hike for someone who is reasonably fit. The road to the heights of Calcite was an ascent but not hard. Getting in that far on the roads by vehicle is definitely a 4WD job. Wouldn’t recommend it otherwise. Without a 4WD it would be a long hot dusty walk in.

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

The second canyon would be a treat for experiences. The last rock scramblecanyon was quite tough for our group, we used ropes on a couple scrambles.This trail I beautiful

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ohv/off road driving
washed out
4 months ago

ohv/off road driving
rocky
5 months ago

Beautiful trail with great views at the end. The ground is littered with calcite. You will need a high profile the last couple hundred yards. We saw a 4runner and chevy suv bottom out and it was not pretty. You can park half way and walk up which many people did. We continued back through Palm Wash.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail... rope needed to repel down waterfall

5 months ago

I took my Jeep TJ up this weekend. with the recent rains this trail has increased in difficulty. Its not a Black Diamond, but 4x4 and a good spotter will be needed. One section near the top is off camber and the tail is washed out with a bad drop into the canyon below. Pick a good line through here!!!!

ohv/off road driving
6 months ago

Fun and road, great views, killer slot canyons to walk through.

ohv/off road driving
8 months ago

Fun off road trail with places to stop and look/climb/hike around. The trail has a couple fun obstacles that are a little trickier without a lift. With a little experience and maybe a spotter this trail can definitely be done in a stock Jeep. Just made it to the top in my stock JK Rubicon. Still hot in September (102º)!

hiking
rocky
washed out
Sat May 25 2019

ohv/off road driving
rocky
scramble
Sat Apr 20 2019

Short and sweet off roading trail. Bedrocks are solid with some ruts. With stock 2019 Wrangler Moab edition, we thought few areas might be too much for a stock Jeep but no problem. We couldn’t finish the whole trail because of the time but will be back to finish. We would’ve loved to hike as well to explore narrow canyons.

hiking
Sat Mar 30 2019

If you go down the fire road into the canyon and then left about a mile, you will come to us at a really cool slots. Then you can go at least another mile as the slots get more and more narrow. Pretty cool!

ohv/off road driving
Sun Mar 24 2019

2018 JK unlimited with all-terrains. Mind your line and it's doable until a steep rocky climb. I didn't have a spotter so I didn't attempt the climb. Not sure if the JK would've made it, no lockers. Saw plenty of hikers, so 5 stars for it being a tough moderate trail and a good hiking challenge.

ohv/off road driving
Sat Mar 23 2019

Fun trail in a Jeep.

hiking
Sun Mar 17 2019

Choicest route for hiking is on high clearance jeep Calcine Road to Palm Wash Rd (33.287626, -116.103958). Take this trail to Calcite Mine Narrows (33.289549, -116.103458) then head into the first slot canyon. Continue on this slot canyon trail all the way to the second slot canyon which begins at 33.295093, -116.111561.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
Sat Mar 16 2019

Trail requires some boulder scrambling and climbing using rope. Recommend strong hikers only.

ohv/off road driving
Sun Mar 10 2019

Amazing beginner trail. The slot canyon off the first wash is a must visit.

hiking
Tue Jan 01 2019

This is a great hike that takes you through some slot canyons as narrow as 4 feet in diameter, and with 40 to 50 foot high walls. There is often a small breeze and it is a great place to be out of the sun for at least a mile. There are pieces of calcite about the size of a nickel along the way. It is an easy hike but beware some boulders have chocked the trail and some climbing may be required. Additionally never hike in a slot canyon if there is rain in the mountains or raining where yo are hiking as a flash flood is possible and extremely hazardous to your well being.

hiking
Tue Nov 13 2018

We went to the top for the view and came back through the canyon. Fun finding calcite pieces. We had a lot of fun on this trail.

ohv/off road driving
Sun Jun 10 2018

Some moderately rough spots but my stock 2002 Land Cruiser didn’t have any issue with any of it. Recommend for some fun wheelin.

hiking
Mon Feb 26 2018

Our group also hiked this one in February and the weather was perfect. We started at the parking area and walked the Jeep trail (some in the party did not like this part) but once we reached the Slot canyon everyone was pleased. I myself find beauty in most hikes and this one was no different. There are some great views at the start of an open desert, then you hike on the Jeep Trail for a bit with above canyon views and drop in at the end. Very nice.

ohv/off road driving
Sun Feb 18 2018

This is a nice intermediate trail for off-roading. A stock height vehicle may have trouble in a few spots due to large rocks and ruts in the trail, but we went through in a Jeep Wrangler with a 2.5' lift and 33' tires with no sweat. a few fun climbs, and close enough to a ledge to give an inexperienced passenger white knuckles. Fun little trail with cool slot canyons for hiking. I drove my Jeep into one of the slot trails and surprised my buddies waiting in their rigs when I drove out forward. :) Once at the turn around sot near the mining ID sign there is a short hike up a hill to expose a great view of the Salton Sea.

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